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First person: COVID-19 is not a silver lining for the climate,...

“The global coronavirus pandemic, which has already caused unimaginable devastation and hardship, has brought our way of life to an almost complete halt. The outbreak will have profound and lasting economic and social consequences in every corner of the globe. In the face of such turmoil, as the Secretary-General has indicated, COVID-19 will require a…

Key COP26 climate summit postponed to ‘safeguard lives’

The decision was announced on Wednesday night by the advisory group to the COP26 talks, overseen by the UN climate change body, the UNFCCC, after talks involving the United Kingdom and other countries. UNFCCC said the postponement would better enable all parties to focus on important climate issues while allowing more preparation time. “The world…

COVID-19 effect casts cloud over weather alert accuracy: UN sky watchers

Both the quantity and quality of weather observations and forecasts, as well as atmospheric and climate monitoring are at stake, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. “We are concerned about the impact on the ability of our Members to deliver their basic weather and climate services”, said Lars Peter Riishojgaard, Director of…

COP26 Postponed

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties. The post COP26 Postponed appeared first…

First Person: Humankind’s ‘modern mentality to tame’ the environment: A volcanologist’s...

Ken Rubin is a professor of volcanology and geochemistry specializing in volcanoes and sea level change. Based in the Department of Earth Sciences at te University of Hawaii, he travels the world to observe active and dormant volcanoes, both on the land and beneath the sea. “In my work, I look at specifically at how…

World Water Day: Typically ignored, water resources are crucial part of...

On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources.  Read Full Story on UN News The post World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are essential…

‘Count every drop, every drop counts’: UN weather condition firm requires...

In a message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that climate and water are “inextricably linked. Both lie at the heart of global goals on sustainable development, climate change and disaster risk reduction”. “Water”, he continued, “is one of the most precious commodities of the 21st century. National Meteorological and Hydrological Services…

FIRST INDIVIDUAL: The ‘inseparable bond’ in between Hawaiian culture and native...

Mike Demotta is the Curator of Living Collections at Hawaii’s National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai. He is passionate about his speciality, native plants and the important role they play in Hawaiian culture. Ahead of the International Day of Forests, marked annually on 21 March he explained to UN News why saving…

Reverse logging in 2020, the ‘Nature Super Year’, states Guterres

The UN chief pointed out that forests, and the global environment in general, are being severely degraded by the unsustainable way that we are consuming natural resources, which is accelerating biodiversity loss and exacerbating climate change. Given the huge role that forests play in preserving life on earth and regulating the climate (see the text…

Plan introduced to handle Earth’s vulnerable peatland carbon sinks

Launched on Wednesday, the guidelines for peatland mapping and conservation come as around 15 per cent of the world's peatlands have already been drained mainly for cropping, grazing, forestry and extraction.   Hotspots of peatland degradation are located especially in Europe, Russia and Northern America, southeast Asia, East Africa and the Amazon basin.   “Mapping peatlands to…

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